School excursion

Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Bongil Bongil National Park

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Our Aboriginal guide will share bush tucker secrets in this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) geography excursion in Bongil Bongil National Park. An easy stroll along Bonville Creek will reveal this area’s naturally occurring ‘supermarket’, ‘pharmacy’ and ‘hardware store’.

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Through fascinating riverside exploration, students are introduced to the stories and culture of the Gumbaynggirr People. They’ll learn about the deep spiritual and seasonal connections the Gumbaynggirr People have with Country. 

Concepts of sustainable land management will be discussed as students come to understand Aboriginal concepts of connection and place.  

Together we’ll explore how natural medicines informed the basis for traditional cultural landscape management practices we see today. 

This excursion is designed to support the K-10 syllabus’ The Earth’s Environment topic.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians
  • Investigate the connections that the Gumbaynggirr People have to the land, water, and the plants and animals of this place.
  • Hear stories to understand why this place is important to Gumbaynggirr People and how it can be cared for
  • Find out how Gumbaynggirr People describe the weather and the seasons 
  • Locate the places they know to create a sense of place within Gumbaynggirr Country 
  • Engage with local Aboriginal culture through fun learning activities 
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of a local Gumbaynggirr person

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.
Bongil picnic area, Bongil Bongil National Park

$275 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. Maximum 2 groups.

Meeting point
Bongil picnic area, 15 minutes south of Coffs Harbour via Williams Road.
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  • 02 6657 2309
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park.

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
  • Explore the riverside area adjacent to Bonville Creek with your Aboriginal guide
  • Examine the plants and animals that live and thrive here
  • Learn how some of these plants and animals were used for food, medicine and tools
  • Hear stories of how the Gumbaynggirr People valued and cared for their environment, seeing it as a source of life and nurture.
  • Farewell and depart

Getting there and parking

South of Coffs Harbour:

  • Take the Bonville exit from the Pacific Highway onto Pine Creek Way
  • Turn into Williams Road north of Bonville
  • Bongil picnic area is at the end of Williams Road

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available at Bongil picnic area.

What to bring

Please wear long pants, closed, comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Remember to bring extra food and water, and any necessary medications. Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.

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Safety messages

Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

Risk assessment and risk benefits

Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.


Disability access level - medium

Bongil picnic area has a medium accessibility grading and some assistance may be required to access the area.